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Re: [ontolog-forum] ONTOLOG community event planning and scheduling sess

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:28:13 -0400
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David and Peter,    (01)

> Consider this... from Capers Jones... there are some 50 "major" software
> languages, 1,500 "minor" languages & a new language is introduced at the
> rate of 1 per month.  I assume the SW stack is on the far tail of the
> 1,500 minor list.    (02)

The most widely used languages are the ones that actually do something
useful -- especially ones that somebody is willing to pay somebody else
to do something useful with.    (03)

For example, look at PHP.  The name PHP comes from Rasmus Lerdorf's
Personal Home Page.  Rasmus L. introduced PHP in a Usenet discussion
group in 1995.  Without any support from the W3C or anybody in any
official position of power, the use of PHP grew exponentially because
it solved actual problems that people needed to solve.    (04)

> Whether or not the Semantic Web community takes this seriously (noting
> that we are *not* speaking for the SW community here) I'm with you,
> David!    (05)

Whatever the SW community takes seriously is irrelevant.  The people
whose opinions matter are the ones who have day jobs.    (06)

John    (07)

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